Brazil's Innovation in APM Technology

by Lee H. Rogers,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Automated People Movers: Engineering and Management in Major Activity Centers


The paper discusses an automated people mover (APM) called an Aeromovel which consists of pneumatically-controlled vehicles weighing less than 20,000 pounds with a capacity of 300 passengers. The alignment is elevated on pre-cast concrete box beams supported by piers spaced 25m apart. Propulsion and braking of the vehicles are achieved by low-pressure, controlled air flow through the hollow portion of the box beam and exerted against metal baffle plates suspended beneath the cars. The effectiveness of the Aeromovel is indicated by the approval of governmental funds to extend the current 600m model trackage to more than 3200m into Porto Alegre to provide efficient and lowcost APM service within the urban area.

Subject Headings: Concrete beams | Box beams | Air flow | Pneumatic systems | Railroad trains | Automated transit systems | Case studies | Automation | Brazil | South America

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